|Publication number||US5275286 A|
|Application number||US 07/984,615|
|Publication date||Jan 4, 1994|
|Filing date||Dec 2, 1992|
|Priority date||Oct 15, 1992|
|Also published as||CA2080603A1|
|Publication number||07984615, 984615, US 5275286 A, US 5275286A, US-A-5275286, US5275286 A, US5275286A|
|Original Assignee||Robert Bader|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (17), Non-Patent Citations (2), Referenced by (9), Classifications (9), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to a package for photo prints and film.
Prints and negatives developed from a roll of film at a photo processing outlet, are usually returned in a protective package. The prints are usually loosely stacked one atop another and the negatives are inserted in flexible plastic casings. One type of package resembles a plain letter envelope with a flap at one end wherein the prints and the negatives are simply deposited inside. Another conventional package has a large flap which opens to reveal two pouches along one side, one for storing the prints and the other for storing the negatives. In either case, the prints must be removed from the package and sorted through to be viewed.
In order to protectively store the prints in an orderly manner for display, the prints must be transferred from the package to a separate photo album. This extra transfer step is inconvenient and time consuming, and a needless extra expense is incurred to purchase the album above the cost of processing the film. In addition, transferring the prints to an album usually results in the separation of the prints from the negatives, thereby causing both to be stored separately. After several films are developed, it becomes inconvenient, if not impossible, to later locate those negatives corresponding to a print of which extra copies are desired.
What is desired therefore is a photo display package to overcome the problems of these prior art packages. Preferably, the photo display package should provide storage for both prints and negatives after they are developed, and should provide a quick and efficient method of protectively storing the prints in an orderly manner for display.
According to the present invention, there is provided a package for photo prints and film comprising a cover with an inside face, said cover having:
(i) a top edge;
(ii) a bottom edge;
(iii) first and second side edges;
(iv) a center spine extending between said top and bottom edge of said cover and dividing said inside face into first and second portions, said cover being foldable about said spine between an open configuration where said first and second portions are splayed apart and a closed configuration where said first and second portions are brought into a facing, overlying relationship;
(v) first and second pockets overlying said first and second inside face portions, respectively, for storing said prints and film; and
(vi) a means for assembling said prints in an overlapping, staggered relationship and for displaying same when said cover is in the open configuration.
In another aspect of the invention, the invention provides a package for storing photo prints and films and for assembling and displaying the prints, said package comprising a cover with an inside face, said cover having:
(i) a top edge;
(ii) a bottom edge;
(iii) first and second side edges;
(iv) a center spine extending between said top and bottom edge of said cover and dividing said inside face into first and second portions, said cover being foldable about said spine between an open configuration where said first and second portions are splayed apart and a closed configuration where said first and second portions are brought into a facing, spaced relationship;
(v) a pocket overlying each of said first and second inside face portions, each of said pockets adapted for storing said prints and film;
(vi) a generally rectangular pad connected along an edge thereof adjacent the top edge of one of said first and second portions for assembling said prints in an overlapping, staggered relationship and for displaying same when said cover is in the open configuration, said pad having:
(a) a generally flexible substrate;
(b) an adhesive coating a first side of said substrate; and
(c) a plurality of removable ribbons covering said adhesive to protect same;
wherein one of said ribbons is pulled off the substrate to uncover a respective zone of adhesive coated substrate for attaching said print to said cover by pressing an edge of said print against said uncovered adhesive coating.
Embodiments of the invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIG. 1 is a plan view of the photo display package showing one embodiment of the present invention;
FIG. 1A is a partial cross-section of the package of FIG. 1 along the line 1A--1A:
FIG. 2 is a plan view similar to that of FIG. 1 showing a second embodiment of the present invention;
FIG. 2A is a partial cross-section of the package of FIG. 2 along the line 2A--2A;
FIG. 3 is a partial cross-sectional view of the package and a pad thereon shown in FIG. 1 along the line 3--3;
FIG. 4 is an enlarged view of the circled portion of the pad of FIG. 3;
FIG. 5 is a partial plan view of the package of FIG. 1 showing some prints displayed on the pad;
FIG. 6 is a side view of the prints and the pad of FIG. 5;
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a process of producing the pad according to the present invention; and
FIG. 8 is a plan view of the pad of FIG. 7 showing an alternate version thereof.
Reference is first made to FIG. 1 which shows an open photo display package 1 for storing photo positives or prints 5 and photo negatives or film 6 and for assembling and displaying the prints 5 as will be described below.
The package 1 has a generally planar cover 10, an inside face 12 and an outside face (not shown) opposite the inside face 12. The cover 10, made of cardboard or other like thin, stiff material, is rectangular in shape, having generally parallel top and bottom edges 14, 16 and generally parallel first, or left, and second, or right, side edges 18, 20. The cover 10 has a spine 22 located about mid-way between the left and right edges 18, 20 and extending between the top and bottom edges 14, 16, thus diving the inside face 12 of the cover 10 into first, or left, and second, or right, portions 24, 26. In the preferred embodiment, the spine 22 has two spaced apart, parallel fold lines 23 shown in dot-dash lines about which the left and right portions 24, 26 can be folded or closed to bring the portions into a facing, spaced relationship one on top of the other. FIG. 1 shows the cover 10 in an open configuration where the portions 24, 26 are splayed apart in a single plane.
Overlying the left portion 24 is a planar sheet 28 connected to the left portion 24 of the cover 10 adjacent the top and bottom edges 14, 16 and at the left side edge 18 to form a left pocket 30 for storing the prints 5 and/or the negatives 6. In the preferred embodiment, and as shown in greater detail in FIG. 1A, the left portion 24 has an upwardly and inwardly turned flap 32a and the sheet 28 has a corresponding downwardly and inwardly turned flap 32b. The flaps 32a and 32b are bonded together by glue 32c or other suitable means where they meet. Along the left side edge 18, the sheet 28 is preferably a folded over extension of (and integral with) the left portion 24 of the cover 10.
A similar arrangement is provided on the right side of the package 1 where a sheet 34 overlies the right portion 26 of the cover 10 to form another pocket 36 for storing the negatives 6 and/or the prints 5. It is preferred that the bottom flap 32a does not extend across the entire bottom edge 16 but is V-notched at the spine 22 (as shown) to avoid bursting or tearing of the spine 22 along its seams 23 when the cover 10 is repeatedly opened and closed.
In addition to the pocket 36, the right side of the cover 10 is further provided with a means for assembling and protectively storing the prints 5 in an overlapping, staggered relationship and for displaying the prints when the cover 10 is open. In the preferred embodiment, this assembly and display means is in the form of a generally rectangular pad 40. Referring to FIGS. 1 and 3, the pad 40 has a top end 42, a bottom end 44 and side edges 46, 48. The top end 42 is connected to the cover 10 adjacent its top edge 14 between a top flap 33, which preferably extends from the right portion 26, and the sheet 34. Suitable adhesive means is provided to bond the top end 42 of the pad 40 between the top flap 33 and the sheet 34 as will be described below with reference to FIG. 7.
It is noted that the flap 33 is notched on each side to match the width of the pad 40. The flap 33 acts as an alignment means to suitably align the pad 40 on the right portion 26 between the spine 22 and the right edge 20 prior to bonding. Alternately, the flap 33 may remain un-notched and suitable marks can be imprinted near the top edge 14 of the sheet 34 to align the pad 40 on the right portion 26 for bonding.
As shown in FIGS. 1 and 4, the pad 40 has a substrate 50 coated with an adhesive 52 and covered with a flexible sheeting, or release paper, which has numerous removable or peelable and disposable ribbons or strips 54 of uniform width. Since the sheeting has been die-cut, the longitudinal edges of one ribbon abut the longitudinal edges of adjacent ribbons 54. The ribbons 54 protect the adhesive from dirt and other contaminants. When one of the ribbons 54 is pulled or peeled off the substrate 50, a respective zone or strip of adhesive 52 is uncovered (as shown in FIG. 1). One of the prints 5 may then be attached to the strip of uncovered adhesive by pressing an edge of the back of the print 5 against the uncovered adhesive.
FIGS. 5 and 6 show several prints 5 which have been attached to the pad 40. It is preferable that the user start by peeling off the top ribbon 54 closest to the top edge 14, in this embodiment the ribbon 54 immediately adjacent the top flap 33. Then, the user can mount a first print onto the exposed adhesive. The bottom end of the first print is then lifted up and the longitudinal edge of the next adjacent ribbon is creased by the user to space or angle said adjacent ribbon from the back of the first print. The ribbon is then removed and a second print is mounted on the exposed adhesive. The user progresses in like manner down the pad 40 to stack or mount the prints 5 in an orderly, overlapping and staggered relationship. The first print mounted will therefore be at the top of the stack and wholly exposed for viewing whereas only a small bottom strip of each successive print 5 is seen when the package 1 is first opened. Hence, the next print 5 below the first print may be viewed by lifting the bottom end of the first print, and so on, allowing the user to readily flip through the stack of prints 5 on the pad 40. It will be appreciated that a user may also start by peeling off the bottom ribbon and work up the pad in reverse order.
In order for a print to be lifted as described above without detaching the print off the pad 40, the substrate 50 must be made of a flexible material to allow bending of the substrate 50 where the top edge of the print 5 meets the substrate 50. It will be apparent that the substrate 50 should also be resistant to tearing. Examples of materials which may be used for the substrate 50 are polypropylene or a non-woven material under the trade name TYVEK manufactured by E. I. Du Pont. A polyester film under the trade name MYLAR, manufactured by E. I. Du Pont may also be used because it is light-weight, flexible and inexpensive, although the side edges 46, 48 would have to be reinforced to enhance the MYLAR substrate's resistance to tearing. Such reinforcement could comprise providing a fold at each edge 46, 48 of the MYLAR substrate. Other woven substrates may be suitable as well.
To facilitate the peeling of the first ribbon 54 closest to the top flap 33 and to avoid the first print 54 from peeling off of the substrate 50, the first ribbon 54 is made wider than successive ribbons 54. In the preferred embodiment, the first ribbon is about 0.18 to 0.25 inches wide and all the other ribbons are about 0.125 inches wide each. It will be appreciated that the number of ribbons on each pad 40 (i.e.--the size of each pad) will depend on the number of prints 5 to be mounted. For example, in the FIG. 1 embodiment, the pad 40 will have 12 to 14 strips if the package 1 is designed to hold up to fourteen prints 5, and the respective negatives 6. In an alternate embodiment shown in the FIG. 2 where the package is to hold up to 28 prints, another pad 40 having fourteen ribbons 54 may be provided over the left portion 24 in like manner to the pad 40 in the preferred embodiment. It will be appreciated that the alternate embodiment may be further modified to store and display more prints 5, say up to thirty-six prints, by increasing the size of each pad 40 and the number of ribbons 54 thereon to eighteen.
To facilitate removal of the ribbons 54 off the pad 40, the adhesive 52 may be omitted along a region 56 of nominal width extending along each edge 46,48 of the substrate 50 (as shown in FIG. 1). Hence one or both ends of the ribbons 54 will not adhere to the substrate 50, thus forming tabs 58 which can be grasped by the user to peel the ribbon 54 off the pad 40. An alternate version of the tab is shown in FIG. 2A (indicated by the reference numeral 58A) wherein the ends of the ribbon 54 extend beyond the edges 46, 48 of the substrate 50.
Referring now to FIG. 7, it illustrates a method of producing the pad 40' described above. Primed numerals are used to identify like elements from the preferred embodiment. For illustrative purposes only, the tabs 58 are omitted by continuing the adhesive 52' to the side edges 46', 48'. The substrate 50', the adhesive 52' and the sheet which is eventually cut into the ribbons 54' are layered onto a continuous strip of carrier paper 60 and formed into a large roll (not shown). The top and bottom edges of the carrier paper 60 correspond to the top and bottom ends 42', 44' of the pad 40'. The carrier paper 60 and the pad layers thereon are subsequently advanced off the roll (in the direction indicated by the arrow 62) and die-cut using circular dies, for example, to form the side edges 46', 48' of the pad 40' and the ribbons 54'.
The die cutting the side edge 46', 48' should pierce through the layers of the pad only, and not through the carrier paper 60. Likewise, the die cutting the ribbons 54' must not pierce the substrate 50 to avoid forming weakened planes along which the substrate 50 can easily tear. Once all cutting is completed, the pad 40' is mechanically lifted or scraped off the carrier paper 60 and mounted onto the package 1.
Each pad 40' has an upper strip 66 adapted to fit under the top flap 33 (as shown in FIG. 3); for example, the top flap 33 and the upper strip 66 may each be about 0.50 inches wide. To facilitate mounting of the pad 40' in the package 1 and to improve adhesion thereto, an extra layer of adhesive 64 is provided on the bottom surface of the substrate 50' extending along the upper strip 66 to bond the strip 66 to the sheet 34 adjacent the top edge of the package 1. The upper strip 66 is further modified by having portions 66a, 66b removed therefrom (during the die-cutting process).
With the strip 66 in place on the sheet 34 as mentioned above, dabs of a suitable glue are deposited on the sheet 34 in the spaces created by the removed portions 66a and 66b and the top flap 33 is pressed over the strip 66, thereby bonding the pad 40' to the flap 33 and to the package 1. In an alternate embodiment, the portions 66a, 66b need not be cut out and instead a suitable adhesive is deposited along the top surface of the strip 66 to bond the flap 33 thereto. In a further alternate embodiment, the top layer of the strip 66 may be removed to expose a corresponding strip of adhesive 52' to which the flap 33 can bond. In a yet further embodiment, and as shown in FIG. 8, the upper strip 66 is modified by having rounded upper left and right corners 70a and 70b, respectively, and, in addition, one or more grooves 72 along the top end 42' intermediate the corners 70a and 70b. Dabs of a suitable glue are deposited in the spaces created by the corners 70a and 70b and the groove 72 similarly as for portions 66a, 66b of FIG. 7.
It will now be appreciated that the present invention provides a convenient, compact and efficient method of protectively storing both prints and negatives, and of assembling and displaying the prints 5 quickly and easily on the pads 40, as described earlier. The package 1, therefore, acts as an album to protect and display the prints and as a storage means to store the respective negatives with the prints. Hence, the user may omit placing the prints 5 in a separate photo album and having to store the negatives separate therefrom. Stiff cardboard boxes (not shown) adapted to neatly store several of the photo display packages 1 together may also be provided to form mini-photo libraries.
The present invention provides further advantages to photo processing outlets in that sheets of promotional materials, (indicated in ghost outline by reference numeral 68 in FIG. 2), may be attached to the spine 22. For example, the sheets 68 may be in the form of a series of coupons with perforations therebetween so that each can be individually torn out by the user and others. This provides an advantage over prior art methods where coupons are loosely provided in a photo package and are easily thrown out or lost, and where ads or promotions are permanently printed on the packaging itself. Further examples of promotional materials include a monthly calendar, a note pad, a map, an instruction sheet, etc.
Although the present invention has been described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various alterations and modifications may be carried out without departing from the scope of the invention. For example, the package 1 may be adapted for holding and displaying baseball cards or business cards. Where the package 1 is used at professional baseball games to hold and display ticket stubs, for instance, the sheets 68 may comprise score sheets for use by fans during the baseball game.
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|U.S. Classification||206/455, 229/72, 53/475|
|International Classification||B42F5/00, B42D1/10|
|Cooperative Classification||B42F5/00, B42D1/10|
|European Classification||B42F5/00, B42D1/10|
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